Windows 10 October 2018 Update released… with some issues still

So Windows 10 October 2018 Update [a.k.a. Redstone 5, a.k.a. v1809] was finally re-released on Tuesday after about 6 weeks when the original version was released before being pulled.

But not surprising, there are some outstanding issues:

  • When on a network, your mapped drives can’t reconnect at login. See KB4471218 for workaround scripts. An update for this won’t be available until 2019.
  • Some users cannot set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or Settings > Apps > Default apps. [Interesting, as I have something like this in v1709.]
  • Upgrading to v1809 is blocked if you have a AMD Radeon HD2000 and HD4000 series graphics processors. Note that these are unsupported by AMD. Will experience an error in a DLL and performance issues. Microsoft is investigating.
  • When trying to upgrade to v1809 with Trend Micro’s OfficeScan and Worry-Free Business Security software installed, the upgrade is blocked. Trend Micro is to supply a patch.

 

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Major issue with Windows 10 Fall 2018 Update

[Update 2018/10/23] Microsoft was scheduled to re-release v1809 last Friday but changed their mind. It seems another data loss bug!

According to these users, the Compressed Files feature in Windows 10 version 1809 doesn’t prompt the user when you move files or folders out of a ZIP file and those entities already exist in the target location. Instead, it just overwrites the originals.

[Update 2018/10/15] On October 11, 2018 Microsoft removed the HP Keyboard driver (11.0.3.1) from Windows Update to reduce the number of devices affected.  Additionally, Microsoft has released this update to remove the incompatible driver from devices pending reboot. HP is actively working on this issue.

[Updated 2018/10/13] Seems that the reason why some people experienced BSODs after installing the October 2018 patch update for v1809 was because of a faulty HP keyboard driver. I would guess that some of those with a non-HP computer who got hit with a BSOD may have been using an external HP keyboard.

This link explains the situation.

This link has an updated driver. Note that it is dated October 12th and lists as an updated driver for both v1803 and v1809.

As for the original v1809 issues [folder redirections, activation], Microsoft is working on a fix and will be testing the fix. So it may take at least a couple of more weeks.

Unsure but most likely there will be a new build number [and not 17763] and those with build 17763 will probably be required to upgrade to the new build.

[Updated 2018/10/12] Even if you managed to get v1809 installed and didn’t lose files or loss the activation, there is now another headache: Blue Screen of Death. It has been reported that KB4464330, Tuesday’s patch for v1809 will result in BSODs. Microsoft is investigating.

[Updated 2018/10/10] Microsoft has found the issue. Anybody who redirected any of their data folders [i.e. Documents, Pictures, Music, Video, etc.] to another folder or drive would lose their data.

They tried to correct a previous minor issue [leftover empty folder] and instead caused this.

An example of the redirection would be moving the Music folder from the default location [C:\Users\yourname\Music] to say D:\Music because your C drive is small [say you have an older SSD there]. For me this is the case for two of my major folders.

There is an additional problem – even if you didn’t have the file issue. Some users are reporting that their copy of Windows 10 is getting deactivated. I’m hoping this was looked after as well.

Microsoft has corrected the redirection issue [at least] and are now rolling it out to testers.

[Updated 2018/10/06] Microsoft has indeed put a halt to the upgrade of Windows 10 Fall 2018 Update.

This is the second feature update with a major issue.

For further information, click here.




There are some reports that some who have downloaded and manually installed the binary for the Windows 10 Fall 2018 Update [a.k.a. v1809, Redstone 5] have experienced some series issues.

Some complain that after upgrading all their files in the Documents, Pictures, Videos and Music folders are gone. Reverting back to the last version doesn’t bring back the files.

So do a full data backup!

Others report that the Microsoft Edge browser is unstable or the bookmarks are deleted. Well, few use Edge……

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed either. I am guessing this blog could be updated soon.

 

 

Is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update released?

Ok. At last check, there was no official word from Microsoft but all indications say that the October 2018 Update of Windows 10 [a.k.a. Redstone 5, v1809] has been released.

There has not been any current builds release this week and the Media Creation Tool for v1809 is available.

Just a word of caution: After the April 2018 was a mess, you may want to hold off on upgrading.

As usual, Microsoft will slowly notify people of upgrades. The most compatible systems will be notified first and the least compatible [i.e. those that Microsoft will fix to make sure they can be upgraded] will be done later on

Doesn’t stop you from manually upgrading [maybe at your own risk].

Windows Server 2019 has been released as well.

 

Office 2019 released

Microsoft has released Office 2019 for both Windows and Mac OS. For Windows, there will not be any MSI based installations. So unless you have a decent Internet speed, it will take forever to download and install.

 

April 2018 update of Windows 10 butchered my system

There was some talk that when this [v1803] feature update first came out, there was drivers issues. Seems it wasn’t fixed.

I upgraded last Saturday night. Seems fine. Upgrade was maybe 35 minutes. No complaints about incompatible updates.

Was fine for the past few days. Didn’t really notice much.

Then I noticed the lock screen was some horrible background – not the one I previously used. Couldn’t change it back. Searched for fixes and none worked.

Tonight I wanted to capture the audio off my cell phone to my computer but my audio features on my computer wouldn’t work. Audio capture application would crash after hitting 20% of the CPU. OK. Tried the web cam and it wouldn’t function. And yet, the Device Manager showed no issues. Even my point and shoot camera wasn’t picked up.

So I did a recovery back to v1709. Suddenly everything is reverse. My lock screen is back, the audio works and my web cam works.

I have the Pro edition of Windows 10, so I can stop v1803 from installing again and delay v1809 [when out this fall] if I need to.

So be warned.

Issues already with this week’s Windows updates

That didn’t take long… Again. [A broken record it seems.]

Microsoft has blocked this week’s Windows OS updates for all supported operating systems – at least for those on a domain – for two issues [one for clients].

“Some devices running network monitoring workloads may receive the 0xD1 Stop error because of a race condition.” This applies to all versions.

“After installing this update on a DHCP Failover Server, Enterprise clients may receive an invalid configuration when requesting a new IP address. This may result in loss of connectivity as systems fail to renew their leases. ” This applies to servers with DHCP Failover Server enabled only.

Microsoft is expected to release an update in “mid-July” to fix the issues.

You can still manually download and install the update.

 

What to expect in Windows 10 Redstone 5

As you know, Microsoft is continuously working on the next version of Windows 10 – code named “Redstone 5”. While there will be any show stopping major feature, there will be quite a few enhancements.

  • Skype as part of Windows 10 will get quite a few improvements which include new calling features, easier screen sharing, call snapshots, a new layout, and customizable themes.
  • For administrators Remote Server Administration Tools [RSAT] will be part of Windows [versions that are part of a domain of course]. So when Windows 10 gets updated, so does RSAT.
  • Since removing after Windows 10 RTM, Redstone 5 will allow you again to adjust the size of text in the user interface. Unsure why it was removed in the first place or why it took so long to come back.
  • A whack of Edge improvements [for those who actually use it!] including the ability to disable auto media playback in web pages [like other browsers can do], Fluent Design System elements, redesign of some settings menu, and Hub, top sites in the Edge jump list as well as the ability to customize the Edge toolbar.
  • The setup itself will have enhancements including your phone and setting up Windows Hello if available on the system.
  • To support LTE mobile broadband improvements, the network core stack has been updated.
  • More additions to the Fluent Design System.
    The main memory column in the Task Manager’s Processes tab will now not include memory used by suspended UWP processes.
  • SwiftKey functionality has been added to the virtual keyboard in eight languages.
    In security, antivirus products will need to run as a protected process to register. Windows Defender Antivirus will remain enabled if an anti-virus application isn’t registered.
  • Improvements to Game Bar and Game Mode.
  • You will be able to override regional settings for the calendar, dates, times, first day of the week and currency.

The next version is expected to be released in late September with consumers beginning to get the update notifications in mid-October – assuming there wasn’t any issues like in the last update. Code-named “Redstone 5”, it may also be known as “v1809”.